Netflix brings back Tiger King with one-year anniversary special – but it's NOTHING like the original

TIGER King will make its exciting return to Netflix for an anniversary special – but its not what you think.

Last year saw animal park owner Joe Exotic propelled to stardom in the streaming service's hit docu-series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

With Joe, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, currently behind bars after having been found guilty of a murder-for-hire plot and multiple animal cruelty charges, Netflix have drummed up an innovative way to mark one year since the show aired.

They have revealed an official TikTok Tiger King musical, Tiger Queens, featuring some of the most iconic RuPaul Drag Race stars.

A hilarious teaser poster sees Kim Chi clad in full leopard print attire for their role as Big Cat Sanctuary founder Carole Baskin, 59, while Willam, aptly holding a prison card, will play Joe Exotic himself.

Heidi N Closet will play the essential role of a tiger as show bosses tease "special guests" to come.

It remains to be seen whether I Saw A Tiger singer Joe's original music will be included in the one-off musical, airing on TikTok on March 28.

Drag Queens will no doubt whet the appetite of Tiger King fans prior to the release of a follow-up documentary, fronted by Louis Theroux.

The BBC's investigative journalist is returning to Oklahoma to front feature-length special Louis Theroux: The Cult of Joe Exotic.

Louis told how the Joe Exotic story – which he first examined in America's Most Dangerous Pets while clambering into cages with Joe's animals at Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park – had got "stranger and bigger" on his return 10 years later.

This is partly down to Joe rocketing in fame due to the subsequent Tiger King documentary, before he was locked up.

While he is behind bars, Joe's campaign team are continuing to battle for a presidential pardon for the TV star, something that was refused by Donald Trump shortly before he left office this year.

Louis, like in many of his shows, formed a bond with Joe a decade ago in the original documentary and this will no doubt be reignited when he delves into his life, friendships and associates much more.

As well as trawling through unseen footage from 2011, the broadcaster reveals Louis will meet "old friends from his original documentary, the team trying to get him out of prison and those closest to Joe who have never spoken before."

Speaking of his latest project, Louis said: “This is one of those quintessentially American stories, taking place in the heartland of Oklahoma, with a cast of characters almost too colourful and larger-than-life to be believed.

"I spent eight or nine days filming at the park back in 2011, over the course of three separate visits.

"I’d forgotten how much we shot until I went back into the footage during lockdown. It’s extraordinary how much was there.

"Since then the story just got stranger and bigger, and in going back at the end of last year I uncovered a real-life drama that took me in directions I never could have expected."

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